Sharing Time Talks For August 2018

Here are short talks that you can use for Sharing Time in Primary for the month of August:


Week 1: The Scriptures Teach Me How To Pray

Why is scripture study so important?

Elder David A. Bednar, in his 1998 talk, said: “Studying the scriptures is important because of the direction we need in our lives.”

Because of our nature, we cannot endure to the end without the Lord’s help. We need His teachings and His gospel to help us continue in righteousness – and all of these are found in the scriptures.

In the scriptures, we learn so many doctrines and principles that help us become strong in our earthly journey. One of the many things that we can learn is the proper way of prayer. In Matthew 6:9-13, the correct manner of prayer is taught. Knowing how to pray is such a great blessing as we know that this is the simplest yet the most powerful way that we can do to talk to our Heavenly Father and get closer to Him and Jesus Christ.


Week 2:  Heavenly Father wants me to pray to Him often—anytime, anywhere.

In Doctrine and Covenants 10:5, we are counselled to pray always that we may conquer Satan.

This verse clearly states one of the reasons why we need to pray. Prayer is our tool against temptations and will help us become stronger to overcome challenges. We can pray for the Holy Ghost to guide us always and help us to be strong in choosing the right.

No matter where we are, whether we are in our bedroom, in the church, at our dining tables, at our farms, yards, or at school, Heavenly Father wants us to communicate with Him always. The more we pray to our Heavenly Father, the closer we get to Him. Sincere prayers of faith can bring mighty miracles into our lives.


Week 3 & 4: Answers to prayers come from Heavenly Father in many ways.

When we pray, we often ask for help, guidance, or confirmation. But how can we know the answers to our prayers?

The scriptures has cited a lot of ways in receiving answers from our Heavenly Father. Some of them are: through peaceful feelings, through thoughts in our minds and feelings in our hearts, through the actions of other people, and through the scriptures.

In Doctrine and Covenants section 112 verse 10, it says, “Be thou humble; and the Lord thy God shall lead thee by the hand, and give thee answer to thy prayers”.

While it is important to know the ways Heavenly Father gives His answers to our prayers, it is more essential to make ourselves humble and worthy always so we can identify when these answers come.


 

36 Harry Potter Inspired Food Ideas

One of our favourite wizards will be celebrating his birthday this end of the month! Hmmmm…who is it?

Is it Gandalf? Well, we do love him, but he’s not the one having this birthday soon.

Is it Merlin? We do agree he is one of the greatest wizards in literature, but no, not him.

Why, it’s that cool bloke with a funny scar on his forehead, of course – dear ol’ Harry Potter! Yay!

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Many Potterheads out there will probably be celebrating in one way or another, but what’s a celebration without food, right?

So, we have composed a list of delicious Harry Potter inspired foods that you might consider having at your celebration of Harry’s birthday. Clicking on the links will take you to the recipes or more detailed information about the dish. Have fun!

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Golden Snitches

Golden Snitches from The Quirky Briars

Butterbeer Cookies
Butterbeer Cookies
(Image credit: Confessions of a Cookbook Queen)

Butterbeer Cookies from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen

Harry's Birthday Cake
Harry’s Birthday Cake
(Image credit: Diamonds For Dessert)

Harry’s Birthday Cake from Diamonds For Dessert

Butterbeer Cupcakes
Harry Potter Butterbeer Cupcakes
(Image credit: Sugar and Soul)

Harry Potter Butterbeer Cupcakes from Sugar and Soul

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Butterbeer Cupcakes
(Image credit: Pastry Affair)

Butterbeer Cupcakes from Pastry Affair

Butterbeer Hot Chocolate
Butterbeer Hot Chocolate
(Image credit: Bakingdom)

Butterbeer Hot Chocolate from Bakingdom

Canary-Creams
Canary Creams
(Image credit: Woman And Home)

Canary Creams from Woman And Home

Butterbeer Ice Cream Floats
Butterbeer Ice Cream Floats with Coconut Caramel Ice Cream
(Image credit: Gringallicious )

Butterbeer Ice Cream Floats with Coconut Caramel Ice Cream from Gringalicious

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Fizzing Whizbees
(Image credit: In Literature)

Fizzing Whizbees from In Literature

Butterbeer Pancakes
Harry Potter Butterbeer Pancakes
(Image credit: Sugar and Soul)

Harry Potter Butterbeer Pancakes from Sugar and Soul

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Weasley’s Fever Fudge
(Image credit: Instructables)

Weasley’s Fever Fudge from Instructables

Candy Coated Roach Control
Candy-Coated Roach Control
(Image credit: Heather Bailey)

Candy-Coated Roach Control from Heather Bailey

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Cornish Pasties
(Image credit: In Literature)

Cornish Pasties from In Literature

Cauldron Cupcakes
Double Double Chocolate Cauldron Cakes
(Image credit: Bakingdom)

Double Double Chocolate Cauldron Cake from Bakingdom

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Polyjuice Potion
(Image credit: Pepper)

Polyjuice Potion from Pepper

Licorice Wands
Licorice Wands
(Image credit: Pastry Affair)

Licorice Wands from Pastry Affair

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Liquid Luck / Felix Felicis
(Image credit: In Literature)

Liquid Luck / Felix Felicis from In Literature

Polyjuice Potion
Harry Potter Polyjuice Potion
(Image credit: I Knead to Eat)

Harry Potter Polyjuice Potion

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Witches Brew
(Image credit: Taste of Home)

Witches Brew from Taste of Home

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Bat’s Blood Soup
(Image credit: In Literature)

Bat’s Blood Soup from In Literature

Pumpkin Juice Smoothie
Madam Pomfrey’s Pumpkin Juice Smoothie
(Image credit: Gringalicious)

Madam Pomfrey’s Pumpkin Juice Smoothie from Gringalicious

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Sugar Quills
(Image credit: A Tale of 2 Foodies)

Sugar Quills from A Tale of 2 Foodies

Treacle Tart
Treacle Tart With Brown Butter, Rosemary And Lemon
(Image credit: The Sugar Hit)

Treacle Tart with Brown Butter, Rosemary, and Lemon from The Sugar Hit

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Hogwarts Cake
(Image credit: Bakingdom)

Hogwarts Cake from Bakingdom

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Steak and Kidney Pie
(Image credit: In Literature)

Steak and Kidney Pie from In Literature

Golden Snitch Pops from With Sprinkles on Top
Golden Snitch Pops
(Image credit: With Sprinkles on Top)

Golden Snitch Pops from With Sprinkles on Top

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Pumpkin Juice
(Image credit: Favorite Family Recipes)

Pumpkin Juice from Favorite Family Recipes

Hagrid's Rock Cakes from Pretty Geekery
Hagrid’s Rock Cakes
(Image credit: Pretty Geekery)

Hagrid’s Rock Cakes from Pretty Geekery

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Cheesy Witches Broomsticks
(Image credit: Cakes Cottage)

Cheesy Witches Broomsticks from Cakes Cottage

Harry Potter's Butterbeer Ice Cream
Harry Potter’s Butterbeer Ice Cream
(Image credit: The Tiptoe Fairy)

Harry Potter’s Butterbeer Ice Cream from The Tiptoe Fairy

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Sorting House Cookies
(Image credit: Housewife Eclectic)

Sorting Hat Cookies from Housewife Eclectic

Molly Weasley's Rock Cakes from Bakingdom
Molly Weasley’s Rock Cakes
(Image credit: Bakingdom)

Molly Weasley’s Rock Cakes from Bakingdom

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Pumpkin Howlers
(Image credit: Food and Wine)

Harry Potter Pumpkin Howlers from Food and Wine

Pumpkin Pasties from Bijoux & Bits
Pumpkin Pasties
(Image credit: Bijoux & Bits)

Pumpkin Pasties from Bijoux & Bits

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Sherbet Lemon
(Image credit: In Literature)

Dumbledore’s Sherbet Lemon from In Literature

 

Weasley Sweater Cookies from Bakingdom
Weasley Sweater Cookies
(Image credit: Bakingdom)

Weasley Sweater Cookies from Bakingdom

Sharing Time – July 2018 (Week 4)

The Primary Sharing Time topic for the 4th week of July 2018 is “Heavenly Father wants me to marry in the temple and have an eternal family.”

Here are a few free printables to help you out with this lesson. All you got to do is print and cut them.  Here is the PDF containing all the printables and I hope you enjoy them.

Download PDF of July 2018 Week 4 lesson printables (8.5″ x 11″)

Here is how they might look like on the board:

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Included are printable bookmarks, with an image representing a temple wedding and blank spaces underneath, so the children can write down steps they can do now to help them get closer to their goal of marrying in the temple someday.

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You can also use the Sharing Time Talks for July 2018 as back-up talks to read for Primary kids who forgot to or didn’t prepare their talks.

Printable flip charts for some of the songs you might want to choose for July:

Families Can Be Together Forever (words only)
Families Can Be Together Forever (with visuals)
A Happy Family (words only)
Teach Me To Walk In The Light (words only)
Teach Me To Walk In The Light (with visuals)

More printable flip charts for selected Primary songs and church hymns are available HERE.


Week 04-08

Curried Carrot Soup

Don’t you just love a bowl of warm vegetarian soup on these cold Australian winter evenings? Ooh, and pair that with crusty bread fresh out of the oven. Yum!

Here’s one of those delicious vegetarian soup recipes you might want to try. Quite easy to prepare and will be ready in less than an hour.

Carrot Soup

CURRIED CARROT SOUP

Olive oil
1 brown onion, chopped
5 cloves of garlic, crushed
500 g carrots, chopped (approx. 7-8 medium sized)
1 potato, chopped
1 Tbsp curry powder
100g split red lentils, washed
2 vegetable stock cubes
2 cups water
Salt to taste
Black pepper to taste
1 lime

Heat oil in a saucepan. Sauté onion and garlic over medium heat for around 5 minutes, stirring constantly.  Add carrots, potato and curry powder. Stir well.  Add lentils, stock cubes, water, salt and black pepper. Stir well to dissolve the cubes, while allowing to boil. Simmer over low heat for approximately 25 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool for a bit.

Transfer soup to a blender and process until smooth. Then, return soup to saucepan to reheat.  Drizzle gently with juice and grated rind of lime, before serving with warm crusty bread.  Enjoy your yummy soup!

Sharing Time Talks For July 2018

Here are short talks that you can use for Sharing Time in Primary for the month of July:


Week 2: Family prayer, family scripture study, and family home evening can strengthen my family.

Why do we need to focus on families? Why is family so important?

Previous President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Gordon B. Hinckley said: “The family is the basic unit of society. The praying family is the hope of a better society.”

If we nurture our family with love and faith, not only the family will be blessed but the people that surround us.How do we strengthen our family?

1. Family Prayer – Family prayer strengthens our relationship with God. By taking action as a family to pray, we can begin to see evidence that our Heavenly Father is present and working in our lives. This evidence allows us to feel assurance that we’re not alone and can give us courage to push forward through hardship.

2. Family Scripture Study – Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles taught, “Make the scriptures an integral part of everyday life. If you want your children to recognize, understand, and act on the promptings of the Spirit, you must study the scriptures with them. . . . Through daily, consistent scripture study, you will find peace in the turmoil around you and strength to resist temptations. You will develop strong faith in the grace of God and know that through the Atonement of Jesus Christ all will be made right according to God’s timing.”

3. Family Home Evening – Family home evening is a time to enjoy each other and have fun together. Through simple activities—games, service, sharing talents, visits to local sites of interest—families create connections and build unity.

Family prayer, family scripture study, and family home evening are the very practices that help take away stress, give direction to our lives, and add protection to our homes.


Week 3: The priesthood can bless and strengthen my family.

Priesthood is the authority and power given by God to righteous men. Priesthood is the authority and power given by God to righteous men.

How does Priesthood affect my life?

 1. When you were a baby, you were held by the hands of worthy priesthood holders to give you a name and a blessing.

2. When you go to Primary, you are taught by your teachers about the gospel of Jesus Christ. These teachers are called and set apart by the priesthood power.

3. When you reach 8, you are baptized through the power of a priesthood.

4. During adolescence stage, young men are given (when found being worthy) the Aaronic or the Melchizedek Priesthood to conduct sacred ordinances.

5. When you reach your missionary age, you will be set apart as a full time missionary by a priesthood leader.

6. Endowments, family sealings, and temple marriages are also made possible by the power of a priesthood.

These are just some of the many blessings that priesthood power can bring. Because of this power, we can go back to Heavenly Father someday.


Week 4: Heavenly Father wants me to marry in the temple and have an eternal family.

Elder Bruce R. McConkie (1915–85) of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles counseled, “The most important single thing that any Latter-day Saint ever does in this world is to marry the right person, in the right place, by the right authority.”

Heavenly Father wants us to marry in the temple so we can be exalted and have an eternal family. He wants us to receive the fullness of joy that His gospel brings.

The gospel is what life is all about. It’s the whole reason we are here. When we follow the gospel path, it leads to joy. And that path leads to a temple marriage, either in this life or in the life to come. No blessings will be withheld from the Father’s faithful children.


 

Know Your Ingredient – Nutmeg

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Description

This is a brown-colored hard seed from the nutmeg tree that gives a spicy sweet taste. This originates from Indonesia but can also be found in the Caribbean (Grenada).

Nutrients and Health Benefits

Nutmeg has anti-oxidant, health promoting and disease preventing properties. It’s a good source of minerals like copper, manganese, magnesium, potassium, iron and zinc. It has also B-complex vitamins and vitamin C, and folic acid, niacin, riboflavin and vitamin A.

Medical Use

In traditional medicine, it is used as anti-depressant, anti-fungal, aphrodisiac and carminative agent. It also aids digestion and prevents constipation.

Culinary Use

Nutmeg is a popular spice. It can be used in preparing many dishes and recipes. It can be used in making cakes and pastries, and can also be added in making smoothies. Nutmeg is considered a natural flavoring in baked goods, syrups, sweets and beverages.

Sharing Time – July 2018 (Week 3)

The Primary Sharing Time topic for the 3rd week of July 2018 is “The priesthood can bless and strengthen my family”

Here are a few free printables to help you out with this lesson. All you got to do is print and cut them.  Here is the PDF containing all the printables and I hope you enjoy them.

Download PDF of July 2018 Week 3 lesson printables (8.5″ x 11″)

Here is how they might look like on the board:Week 03-04

I just included here those strips of papers needed for the suggested questions for the class, so you’d see how they look like, as well as some sample answers the kids might give.

The image below shows the pages the kids can use if you would like to include a picture coloring activity, as well as use these pictures as visual aids. It is included in the printable as just one page, but you can print as many copies as you need for your class. This week’s theme is included at the bottom part of the page, so if kids choose to take their colored pictures home, they have something to remind them what this week’s Sharing Time was about.

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You can also use the Sharing Time Talks for July 2018 as back-up talks to read for Primary kids who forgot to or didn’t prepare their talks.

Printable flip charts for some of the songs you might want to choose for July:

Families Can Be Together Forever (words only)
Families Can Be Together Forever (with visuals)
A Happy Family (words only)
Teach Me To Walk In The Light (words only)
Teach Me To Walk In The Light (with visuals)

More printable flip charts for selected Primary songs and church hymns are available HERE.


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Fried Rice Last Night!

Hubby came home yesterday afternoon and had a cross between a late afternoon snack and early dinner, then said he probably won’t eat much for dinner because he was full.

With enough leftover boiled jasmine in the cooker, I decided to simply cook fried rice for dinner. One of my ways of recycling food that’s still too good to toss in the bin.

While I didn’t take notes during the preparing and cooking process, I will just do my best to recall how I made it. And since I didn’t really do exact measurements of the amounts of the ingredients I mixed in the dish, feel free to have more or less of the ingredients, depending on how you like it.

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LAST NIGHT’S FRIED RICE

Cooking oil
2 eggs, well beaten
A handful of chicken fillet
50g butter
3 cups cold cooked rice
1 brown onion, sliced
1 piece carrot, chopped to small bits
1 small can of corn kernels, rinsed and drained
A handful of frozen green peas
2 tablespoons fried garlic (we already have fried garlic, so I used that)
A handful of cooked prawns, shelled and each sliced into 2 or 3 parts
Soy sauce to taste
Tomato sauce to taste
Tabasco sauce (optional)
Salt to taste
Ground cayenne pepper (optional)

Heat oil on pan. Beat eggs in a bowl and season with salt. Fry well beaten egg in the pan until cooked. Take out of the pan, slice to small strips and set aside.

Slice chicken fillet into small parts. Fry in pan until thoroughly cooked. Roughly break up cooked chicken into smaller bits using a wooden spoon. Add butter and onions. Stir fry for 1-2 minutes. Add carrots and corn. Stir fry for about 2-3 minutes. Add cold rice. Break up rice and mix well with the other ingredients in the pan. Add soy sauce, tomato sauce, Tabasco sauce, salt and ground cayenne pepper to taste. (You can skip the Tabasco sauce and cayenne pepper, if you don’t like it spicy.) Mix everything well and cook over medium heat.  Continue to stir every now and then for about 10 minutes.

Add sliced cooked prawns, frozen green peas, and fried garlic. Combine well with the rest of the dish. Cook over low heat for another 5-10 minutes, stirring every now and then so the bottom part doesn’t get burnt.  Serve warm.

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Oh, by the way, hubby ended up eating dinner after this. In fact, he had to stop himself from eating much of this so he could still have enough fried rice to pack for lunch at work today. Lol!

Sharing Time – July 2018 (Week 2)

The Primary Sharing Time topic for the 2nd week of July 2018 is “Family prayer, family scripture study, and family home evening can strengthen my family.”

Here are a few free printables to help you out with this lesson. All you got to do is print and cut them.  Here is the PDF containing all the printables and I hope you enjoy them.

Download PDF of July 2018 Week 2 lesson printables (8.5″ x 11″)

Here is how they might look like on the board:

Week 02-06

I just included here those strips of papers needed for the suggested bunch-of-sticks activity, so you’d see how they look like.

The image below shows the pages the kids can use for the suggested drawing activity. It is included in the printable as just one page, but you can print as many copies as you need for your class. This week’s theme is included at the bottom part of the page, so if kids choose to take their drawings home, they have something to remind them what this week’s Sharing Time was about.

Week 02-07

Printable flip charts for some of the songs you might want to choose for July:

Families Can Be Together Forever (words only)
Families Can Be Together Forever (with visuals)
A Happy Family (words only)
Teach Me To Walk In The Light (words only)
Teach Me To Walk In The Light (with visuals)

More printable flip charts for selected Primary songs and church hymns are available HERE.

 

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Chocolate Mud Cupcakes

When somebody in the house is having a birthday, but work schedule is not letting you have a party, what do you do? In our case, we’ll just have cupcakes!

I found this simple chocolate mud cupcake recipe in one of my books, but as usual, I had to adjust parts of it to suit my preferences. Whatever works for you, right? So, here is how I made the chocolate mud cupcakes:

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CHOCOLATE MUD CUPCAKES

Ingredients:
300g plain chocolate chips or cooking chocolate
300g butter (does not really matter much whether it is salted or unsalted)
5 eggs
1/2 cup caster sugar
1 cup self raising flour

Melt chocolate and butter in a pan on the stove, or in a bowl in the microwave oven. Stir well and set aside to cool a bit.

Beat eggs and sugar in a bowl until thick and pale. Sift 1/2 cup flour into the egg mixture, then fold. Sift the remaining flour into the same mixture and fold again. Stir in the melted chocolate and butter until well blended.

Preheat oven to 160 degrees Celsius. (I prefer turning the oven on when I have already finished mixing the batter and just before I transfer the batter into the cake tin, as I find that if I start preheating the oven before mixing anything, it reaches the desired temperature waaaaaayy before I’m finished making the cake batter, so it’s just wasting energy for quite a while afterwards, until I put the cake in.) 

Spoon the mixture into paper baking cases in a muffin tin. This recipe should yield around a dozen cupcakes. Bake for approximately 20 minutes. The cupcakes are expected to be soft and gooey. Remove muffin tin from the oven and let cool for about 5 minutes before removing the cupcakes from the tin.

You can dust the cupcakes with cocoa powder or icing sugar, or decorate them with your favourite icing.